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Welcome to Mrs. Hankla's sixth grade English class!
School Year 2016-17
Semester Two:
Final week of school: May 22-25
🎒 Final locker clean out will be Monday afternoon.  Students will not need backpacks for the remainder of the year.  Any backpack that is brought to school must be left in their first block classroom. This includes string backpacks.  Students will be allowed to carry lunch boxes.
  • Field day Monday
  • Library books need to be turned in as soon as possible.
  • Thursday, May 25, the last day for students, is a half day.    
Have a splendid summer!

Week 36: May 15-19:
grammar review
Continue mystery unit.
Homework (updated as needed):
Review mystery unit notes.
Mystery unit test Friday, May 19.
Week 35: May 8-12:
SOL retake: Thursday, May 11
grammar review
introduction to mystery unit notes
mystery vocabulary
Read "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" by Arthur Conan Doyle.
Homework (updated as needed):
Review mystery notes and vocabulary.

Week 34: May 1-5:
SOL Reading Assessment: Thursday, May 4
SOL warm-up review
SOL reading passages practice/review
Skills review/practice
Homework (updated as needed):
Daily review homework

Week 33: April 24-28:
SOL warm-up review
SOL reading passages practice/review
Skills review/practice
Daily class novel discussions with analysis
Homework (updated as needed):
Daily review homework

Week 32:April 17-21:
SOL warm-up review
SOL reading passages practice/review
Skills review/practice
Daily class novel discussions with analysis
Novel reading/ tasks/ discussion
Novel pattern folder project
Homework (updated as needed):
MONDAY: Finish book & complete task
TUESDAY: Tuck Everlasting Review Guide due Thursday, 4/20
THURSDAY: Finish prewriting for essay, study for test
Tuck final test April 21

Week 31: April10-14:
Word study lesson 9
SOL warm-up review
SOL reading passages practice/review
Skills review/practice
Daily class novel discussions with analysis
Novel reading/ tasks/ discussion
Novel pattern folder project
Homework (updated as needed):
Daily novel reading/ tasks.
Word study lesson 9 quiz Friday
Week 30:March 27-31:
Of note: spring break April 1-9
Skills review/practice
Daily class novel discussions with analysis
Novel reading/ tasks/ discussion
Novel pattern folder project
Homework (updated as needed):
Daily novel reading/ tasks.
Week 29: March 20-24:
Of note: Thursday-half day/PT conferences, Friday-no school for students
Novel mid-test Monday
MAP Reading test Tuesday and Wednesday
Novel reading/ tasks/ discussion
Novel pattern folder project
Homework (updated as needed):
Daily novel reading/ tasks.
Week 28: March 13-17:
Novel tasks and reading checks
Review for novel test Friday
Daily class novel discussions with analysis
Novel tasks and reading checks
Pattern folder project for class novel
Homework (updated as needed):
Study clause, compound, and complex sentence notes: Grammar Test on Tuesday, 3/14
Study daily for novel test, chapters 1-12 on Monday, March 20
Week 27:March 6-10:
Review for novel test Friday
Daily class novel discussions with analysis
Novel tasks and reading checks
Pattern folder project for class novel
Grammar review
Pattern folder project for class novel
Review for novel test Friday
Homework (updated as needed):

Study clause, compound, and complex sentence notes: Grammar Test on Tuesday, 3/14

Complete daily reading assignments and novel tasks.

Week 26: February 28-March 3:
Cause and effect, inference practice 
Daily class novel discussions with analysis
Novel tasks and reading checks
Word study lesson eight notes, practice
Complex sentence notes, practice
Homework (updated as needed):

Study word study lesson 8: Quiz Friday, 3/3

Complete daily reading assignments and novel tasks.

Week 25: February 20-24:
Science fiction review
Cause and effect practice
Quiz analysis
Introduce complex sentences with notes and practice.
Figurative language analysis of authentic sci-fi text
Plot review from science fiction
Characterization review and practice
Homework (updated as needed):
Complete science fiction review packet.-due Thursday, 2/23
Study daily for science fiction test.- Friday, 2/24
Week 24: February 13-17:
 Introduce types of irony.
Continue science fiction unit with a focus on theme, mood, cause, and effect.
Nonfiction practice
Continue skill acquisition with new literary term notes.
Increase poetry skills with poetry building blocks activity.
Main idea practice with science fiction paragraphs
Text structure and feature practice
Homework(updated as needed):
Quiz: Friday, February 17: text structure and literary terms (# 22-34)
Test: Friday, February 24: Science fiction notes/stories
Week 23: February 6-10:
Continue science fiction unit.
Nonfiction practice
Write reflectively after reading literature.
Review skills: compound sentences/prepositional phrases
Continue skill acquisition with new literary term notes.
Increase poetry skills with poetry building blocks activity.
Main idea practice with science fiction paragraphs
Text structure practice
Homework:(updated as needed):
Word Study Test, lessons 1-7 Friday, February 10
Daily homework related to word study review

Week 22: January 30-February 3:
This week:
Begin word study seven.
Text features notes
Continue science fiction unit.
Nonfiction practice
Write reflectively after reading literature.
Review skills: compound sentences/prepositional phrases
Continue skill acquisition with new literary term notes.
Increase poetry skills with poetry building blocks activity.
Homework:(updated as needed):
Quiz Friday: Word Study 7:Review daily.
Compound sentence/lit.term quiz

Week 21: January 23-28:
This week:
Begin word study six.
Continue science fiction unit.
Write reflectively after reading literature.
Review skills: compound sentences/prepositional phrases
Continue skill acquisition with new literary term notes.
Increase poetry skills with poetry building blocks activity.
Homework:(updated as needed):
Quiz Friday: Word Study 6:Review daily.
Week 20: January 17-20:
This week:
Quiz: on new Literary terms and word study 5
Word study 5 notes
Continue skill review and study: compound sentences, literary terms, text structure.
Begin innovations unit with science fiction knowledge inventory.
Read short story, All Summer in a Day.
Review figurative language.
Homework:(updated as needed):
Daily: Study word study 5 notes and new literary terms in preparation for quiz Friday.
Week 19: January 10-13:
This week:
Benchmark reading assessment Friday, January 13
New literary terms notes and practice
Practice writing skills with introduction of coordinating conjunctions and 
compound sentence writing practice.
Review previous skills.
Homework:(updated as needed):
Tuesday: Review new literary terms from today's notes.
Final week of 2nd 9 weeks and semester 1:
This week:
Final novel test: Wednesday, December 21st 
We continue novel discussion and analysis.
The novel chapters to be tested will be reviewed.
Previous skills will be reviewed through warm-ups (text structure, conflict.
figurative language).
Reading checks will be taken after the previous day's assigned reading.
Homework:(updated as needed):
Work on review sheets and essay practice in preparation for Wednesday's test.
Complete class novel, and be prepared for reading checks.

Have a wonderful holiday with family and friends! Thank you for all you do as the parent of a sixth grader.
Week 18: Dec.12-16:
This week:
Review skills such as text structure.
Begin prepositional phrases notes(expanding sentences).
Prepositional phrases quiz Friday, December 16
Notebook check: Friday, December 16
Final novel test: Wednesday, December 21st (next week)
We continue novel discussion and analysis.
The novel chapters to be tested will be reviewed.
Previous skills will be reviewed through warm-ups (text structure, conflict.
figurative language).
Reading checks will be taken after the previous day's assigned reading.
Homework:(updated as needed):
Read class novel daily and be prepared for reading checks.
Study prepositional phrase notes for quiz Friday.
Prepare notebook for notebook check Friday. Make sure table of contents is updated and all pages are secured in notebook (no loose sheets according to table of contents).
Week 17: Dec. 5-9:
This week:
The class novel will be assessed with a mid-book test Wednesday, Dec. 7
Word study 4 lesson begins.
Text structure will be studied.
The reading skill, main idea, will be studied.
We continue novel discussion and analysis.
The novel chapters to be tested will be reviewed.
Previous skills will be reviewed through warm-ups.
Reading checks will be taken after the previous day's assigned reading.
Homework:(updated as needed):
Study lesson 4 word study notes:quiz Friday, Dec. 9
Read novel chapters and complete assigned tasks each day.
Expect reading checks daily.
Mid-novel test: Wednesday, Dec. 7

Week 16: Nov. 28-Dec.2:
This week:
Word study 3 lesson begins.
The reading skill, main idea, will be studied.
We continue novel discussion and analysis.
The novel chapters to be tested will be reviewed.
Figurative language identification and analysis will continue.
We will study plot elements and characterization.
Reading checks will be taken after the previous day's assigned reading.
Homework:(updated as needed):
Study lesson 3 word study notes:quiz Friday, Dec. 2
Read novel chapters and complete assigned tasks each day.
Mid-novel test: Wednesday, Dec. 7
Week 15: Nov. 21-23:
Thanksgiving break begins Wednesday at noon.
This week:
We continue novel discussion and analysis.
The novel chapters to be tested will be reviewed.
Figurative language identification and analysis will continue.
We will study plot elements and characterization.
Reading checks will be taken after the previous day's assigned reading.

Homework:(updated as needed):
Study for novel test on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
Expect daily reading assignments and reading checks.
One novel chapter will be assigned over the break.
Many students are out of supplies, such as glue sticks and pencils.
Have a lovely Thanksgiving!
Week 14:Nov. 14-18:
This week:
A new novel will be introduced.
Clauses will be assessed.
Class novels will be read, reflected upon, discussed, and analyzed, with emphasis on plot elements such as conflict and characterization.
Figurative language analysis will continue.
Conflict in literature skill study will continue.
Reading checks will be taken after previous day's assigned reading.
Grammar skills will be reviewed and practiced.
Independent and dependent clauses will be studied.
Main idea will be studied.
Grammar skills ( nouns, verbs, complete sentences) will be reviewed and practiced.
Homework:(updated as needed):
Daily reading assignments and reading checks on previous day's assignment
Week 13: Nov. 7-11:
This week:
Word study lesson two will be assessed.
Independent and dependent clauses will be studied.
Main idea will be pre-tested.
Main idea will be introduced.
Grammar skills ( nouns, verbs, complete sentences) will be reviewed and practiced.
Homework:(updated as needed):
Quiz Wednesday, Nov. 9: word study 2 lesson, word study notes
Quiz Friday, Nov. 11: independent and dependent clauses
Week 12: October 31-Nov. 4:
This week:
Word study lesson two will continue.
Class novels will be completed and reviewed in preparation for the final test Tuesday, Nov.1.
Class novels will be read, reflected upon, discussed, and analyzed.
Characterization will be studied.
Figurative language will be reviewed.
Story elements will be analyzed as part of the novel study.
Grammar skills will be reviewed and practiced.
Homework:(updated as needed):
Monday, Oct.31-Study notes/ review guides: Novel test Tuesday, Nov. 1
Week 11: October 24-28:
This week:
Word study lesson two will begin.
Class novels will be completed and reviewed in preparation for the final test Tuesday, Nov.1.
Class novels will be read, reflected upon, discussed, and analyzed.
Characterization will be studied.
Figurative language will be reviewed.
Story elements will be analyzed as part of the novel study.
Reading checks will be taken after previous day's assigned reading.
Grammar skills will be reviewed and practiced.
Homework:(updated as needed):
All classes: final novel test next Tuesday, November 1
Each day the class novel and assigned tasks/questions need to be completed.
Expect novel reading checks based on previous day's reading.

Week 10: October 17-21:
Sixth graders have completed their first nine weeks of middle school!!  The sixth grade teachers are really enjoying getting to know your children.  As we move into the second nine weeks, teachers will be encouraging students to Show Your Blue by "Be(ing) Respectful"   This includes:
*speaking in a respectful volume
*listening when others speak
*respecting the space of others (walking from place to place, keeping hands to oneself)
*following directions
Please encourage your child to work on the above expectations.  Thank you for all the help you provide at home.

The Wetsel Book Fair will be held in the library on October 13-20. Parents, don't forget to stop by before or after parent teacher conferences on October 20th.
Science students will take a field trip to Graves Mountain Lodge Wednesday. 
Students have a half day of school Thursday, followed by parent teacher conferences from 1 to 7PM.
Students have no school Friday.
This week:
Class novels will be assessed with a mid-point test.
Class novels will be read, reflected upon, discussed, and analyzed, with emphasis on plot elements such as conflict, characterization, and setting.
Characterization will be studied.
Context clues study will continue.
Figurative language will be reviewed.
Conflict in literature skill study will continue.
Reading checks will be taken after previous day's assigned reading.
Grammar skills will be reviewed and practiced.
Homework:(updated as needed):
All classes: review study guides/notes for mid-novel tests.
5/6, 7/8:Complete part one reading and questions in class novel and review for test.
Block 1/2:  Mid-Novel Test Tuesday, Oct.18
Blocks 5/6, 7/8: Part one novel test, Thursday, Oct. 20
Week 9: October 10-14:
The first quarter marking period ends Wednesday, October 12.
The Wetsel Book Fair will be held in the library on October 13-20. Parents, don't forget to stop by before or after parent teacher conferences on October 20th.
Homework:(updated as needed):
Read assigned novel chapter and any assigned tasks or questions daily.
Review assigned reading to be ready for a reading check each day.
Study daily in preparation for the Word study lesson one quiz on Friday.
This week:
Word study lesson one will be assessed with a quiz Friday.
Class novels will be read, reflected upon, discussed, and analyzed, with emphasis on plot elements such as conflict, characterization, and setting.
Characterization will be studied.
Context clues study will continue.
Figurative language will be reviewed.
Conflict in literature skill study will continue.
Reading checks will be taken after previous day's assigned reading.
Grammar skills will be reviewed and practiced.

Week 8: October 3-8
Homework update, Friday Oct. 7:
1/2: Read ch. 3, Red Fern.
5/6: Read day three assignment and complete questions.
7/8: Read day three assignment and complete questions.
       -figurative language test Monday(due to activity block 7/8)
Homework:(will be updated as needed):
Study daily for figurative language test Friday, Oct. 7 (12 terms , poetry examples in notebook).
Review assigned reading to be ready for a reading check each day.
Beginning Tuesday, reading assignments begin for the new class novel. Expect daily reading checks.
This week:
Class novels will be read, reflected upon, discussed, and analyzed, with emphasis on plot elements such as conflict, characterization, and setting.
Story elements will be assessed with a quiz Monday.
Characterization will be studied.
Context clues study will continue.
Figurative language will be reviewed.
Conflict in literature skill study will continue.
Reading checks will be taken after previous day's assigned reading.
Grammar skills will be reviewed and practiced.
Week Seven: September 26-30
Homework:(will be updated as needed):
Homework: Friday, 9/30:(revised) Finish plot notes for class novel just completed;study elements of story plot notes for quiz Monday.
New class novel reading assignments will begin Monday, Oct.3

Wednesday, Sept. 28 homework: study conflict notes-all classes
Thursday-Friday: study plot diagram notes
Monday, Oct. 3:plot diagram notes quiz(revised)
Monday: Study novel notes and final essay brainstorm.
Final novel test:Tuesday, Sept. 27, all classes

This week:
Context clues reading skill will be introduced.
Word parts will be studied.
The class novel will be assessed.
A new novel will be introduced.
Class novels will be read, reflected upon, discussed, and analyzed, with emphasis on plot elements such as conflict and characterization.
Figurative language and poetry analysis will continue.
Conflict in literature skill study will continue.
Reading checks will be taken after previous day's assigned reading.
Grammar skills will be reviewed and practiced.

Week Six: September 19-23:
Update: Final novel test:Tuesday, Sept. 27, all classes
Homework:(will be updated as needed):
Daily: reading assignments, novel review

This week:
Class novels will be read, reflected upon, discussed, and analyzed, with emphasis on plot elements such as conflict and characterization.
Figurative language and poetry analysis will continue.
Conflict in literature skill study will continue.
Reading checks will be taken after previous day's assigned reading.
Facts and opinions will be studied.
Grammar skills will be reviewed and practiced.
Reflections will be written after SSR reading.
Sentence structure will be reviewed, with emphasis on recognizing elements of a complete sentence.

Week five: September 12-16:
Homework:(will be updated as needed):
1/2: Novel test, chs. 1-13 Fri.
5/6, 7/8: Novel half-book test Fri.
All classes: figurative language terms quiz Tuesday
Daily: reading assignments, novel review

This week:
Class novels will be read, reflected upon, discussed, and analyzed.
Conflict in literature notes will be taken and applied to novel.
Reading checks will be taken after previous day's assigned reading.
Facts and opinions will be studied.
Parts of speech will be reviewed and practiced with warm-ups.
Figurative language and poetry analysis will continue.
Reflections will be written after SSR reading.
Sentence structure will be reviewed, with emphasis on recognizing elements of a complete sentence.


Week four: September 6-9:
Homework:(will be updated as needed):
Friday:(updated)block1-2:Reading assignment:Read chs. 6-7.
Bloomability test, chs. 1-13 next Fri.
Fig. lang quiz terms 1-6 Mon.
Friday:(updated)blocks 5-6, 7-8: Study Literature-figurative language terms 1-6: quiz Monday; mid-book test Friday

Thursday(updated)block 1/2:HW:Read chs. 4, 5. Review for reading check after each chapter. Update conflict/dream/character chart.
Wednesday(updated)block1/2: Review chs. 1-3, response #1, update character, dream chart
Wednesday(updated)blocks 5/6, 7/8:(updated)pages 10-24 in Love That Dog;complete response paragraph #1 

  • nightly class novel reading assignment
  • daily reading check/ related writing: weekly quiz grade
  • Monday: complete figurative language notebook flip chart
  • Friday: quiz, figurative language, terms 1-6, complete sentences
This week: 
Class novels will be read, reflected upon, discussed, and analyzed.
Facts and opinions will be studied.
Parts of speech will be reviewed and practiced with warm-ups.
Figurative language and poetry analysis will continue.
Reflections will be written after SSR reading.
Sentence structure will be reviewed, with emphasis on recognizing elements of a complete sentence.

Week three: August 29-September 3:
Homework:(will be updated as needed):
Nightly: Study parts of speech(nouns and verbs) and figurative language(simile, metaphor):quiz Friday
Monday: Write four sentences, labeling simile, metaphor, nouns, and verbs.
Tuesday:(updated) block 1/2 only:Complete poem matrix; all classes study for quiz Friday(see above).
Expect daily reading assignments and/or graded reading checks on class novel, beginning Thursday.
This week:
Parts of speech will be reviewed and practiced with warm-ups.
Figurative language and poetry analysis will continue.
Reflections will be written after SSR reading.
Sentence structure will be reviewed, with emphasis on recognizing elements of a complete sentence.
The class novel will be introduced.

Week two: August 22-26:
MAP Testing Monday and Tuesday
Homework:
Monday: Review homework for parts of speech(common and proper nouns, action and linkng verbs) will be assigned and due Wednesday in anticipation of a parts of speech quiz Friday, August 26.
Wednesday-Friday:
Parts of speech will be reviewed and practiced with warm-ups.
Figurative language and poetry analysis will be introduced.
Reflections will be written after SSR reading.
Please note:Students need a reliable way to record homework assignments, either in an agenda, small notebook, or a designated folder.

Week one: August 15-19
*Updated homework this weekend8/19-21): Review parts of speech study cards (pages 8, 2 in notebook).
I am looking forward to beginning this school year. I will strive to make the transition to grade six English class a smooth one for all my students. Much of this week involves introductions to class and school procedures. Wetsel has adopted a "Show Your Blue" theme this year:

Be respectful.

Learn every day.

Understand responsibilities.

Encourage everyone.

Our tentative outline for the week is as follows:

  • introduction to classroom rules and procedures
  • get-to-know you activities
  • interactive notebook information
  • parts of speech and sentences preview/review/practice
  • MAP testing-moved to Monday and Tuesday, August 22 and 23
  • club selection
Homework:*See weekend update.
There will be practice homework based on sentence/parts of speech notes on Wednesday. Homework updates will be noted on this site.
Updated Wednesday Homework:Write five descriptive sentences using the first six parts of speech on your study/review guide(page 2 notebook).

*Updated homework this weekend: Review parts of speech study cards (pages 8, 2 in notebook).